Princess Anne holds back tears as she gives emotional final curtsy to Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin
The visibly heartbroken royal princess, 72, paid her tribute to her mother as the oak coffin was carried into the Palace of Holyroodhouse, having traveled from Balmoral, where she passed away "peacefully" surrounded by her loved ones, to Edinburgh, Scotland. The official royal residence will rest the remains of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday, September 8 until a procession brings the late monarch to St Giles Cathedral for a service on Monday, September 12.
Upon her arrival at the Palace, Princess Anne stood at attention with her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, brothers Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Sophie was even seen consoling emotional Anne after she paid tribute to her mother. Being the only daughter of the Queen, Anne and the late monarch shared a special bond that was a highlight at the site.
Dressed in a black outfit, Anne looked mournful as she bowed her head and performed her last curtsy. She was accompanied by Sophie, who also gave her curtsy to the Queen's coffin. As per the royal protocols, royal women do a small curtsy, if they are seeing the monarch for the first time on the given day, whilst for men, this is a neck bow (from the head only).
Anne and her husband have been traveling with her mother’s remains. They remained in one of the cars behind Her Majesty's hearse for the six-hour journey to Edinburgh. The Queen’s coffin draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland and topped with flowers, made its way through Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Angus, and Tayside before reaching the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. The hearse slowed to a walking pace and allowed mourners to gather around in the village and town to pay tribute to the late Queen. During the journey, the hearse passed through Glenmuick Church, where the church bell was rung 70 times after the Queen's death was announced by the royal authorities.
The remains of the Queen will rest in the Throne Room of the Palace of Holyroodhouse before being moved to St Giles' Cathedral tomorrow afternoon for royal service and an opportunity for the royal well-wishers to pay their last tributes to the Queen. Princess Anne is also going to accompany the coffin of her mother while traveling from Edinburgh to London on Tuesday, September 13.
The coffin will then rest at Buckingham Palace for a night before being moved to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, September 14, where it will rest on a raised platform known as a catafalque until September 19. Her Majesty's funeral will take place at 11 am on 19 September at Westminster Abbey.